HC Deb 18 May 1999 vol 331 cc295-6W
Mr. Clappison

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 27 April 1999,Official Report, columns 110–11, on home detention curfews, how many of the curfewees who were released on curfew and who were charged with an offence committed during the period of curfew and thereby made subject to breach action under section 38(2) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991, were (a) returned to custody and (b) remained on home detention curfew. [84071]

Mr. George Howarth

The available information shows that all of the 14 curfewees referred to in the reply given on 27 April 1999,Official Report, columns 110–11, remained on curfew until the end of their home detention curfew period. They would remain liable to breach action after that date. However, information about cases dealt with after the expiry of home detention curfew is not held centrally.

The Government recognise the need to expedite breach action in such cases. It is for that reason that Section 103 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 was implemented on 1 January 1999. This will mean that a curfewee whose original offence was committed on or after 1 January 1999 and who commits an offence during the home detention curfew period will be liable to immediate recall by the Secretary of State.

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